HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS,
In the Field, August 2, 1864.
MAJOR: I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by my command in the operations of the 30th of July, 1864:
In accordance with original instructions the command was placed in reserve, opposite the left of the wood in rear of General Burnside’s line, about 1 a.m. At about 6.30 o’clock I received instructions to occupy the ground vacated by a division of the Tenth Corps, which I accordingly did. Soon after, however, I was ordered to move to the attack, but found it impossible to advance my men, the way being blocked by other troops. I immediately made a personal examination of the position, and found that already more troops were in advance of my command than could be used to advantage, which fact I reported to the major-general commanding the corps. My order to advance was countermanded at once. At about 12 m. I was ordered to move my command to the rear and to go into camp.
A list of casualties has been transmitted.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Major WILLIAM RUSSELL, JR.,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Eighteenth Army Corps.
- The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, Volume XL, Part 1 (Serial Number 80), page 719 ↩